Case Digest: MANILA MEMORIAL PARK CEMETERY, INC. v. Lluz et al.

G.R. No. 208451

February 03, 2016

CARPIO, J.:

Facts:

Petitioner Manila Memorial Park Cemetery, Inc. (Manila Memorial) entered into a Contract of Services with respondent Ward Trading and Services (Ward Trading). The Contract of Services provided that Ward Trading, as an independent contractor, will render interment and exhumation services and other related work to Manila Memorial in order to supplement operations at Manila Memorial Park, Paranaque City.


Among those assigned by Ward Trading to perform services at the Manila Memorial Park were respondents Ezard Lluz, Norman Corral, Erwm Fugaban, Valdimar Balisi, Emilio Fabon, John Mark Aplicador, Michael Curioso, Junlin Espares, and Gavino Farinas (respondents).


Respondents alleged that soon after the management declined their request for regularization and to be recognized as legitimate members of the existing labor union,the latter dismissed them. Hence, this case for illegal dismissal.


By way of defense, Manila Memorial argued that there was no employer-employee relationship between the company and respondents. Instead, It argued that respondents were the employees of Ward Trading.